By BO Staff Writer
Black First Land First (BLF) is making a name for itself for being the only political formation in South Africa capable of confronting white corruption and defending black people against racism.
Yesterday, the black consciousness movement shut down FNB Headquarters in Johannesburg after the bank CEO, Jacque Cilliers, failed to respond to an e-mail requesting for a meeting to discuss the dismissal of the #FNB4.
#FNB4 is a campaign which refers to four black bankers which were dismissed by the bank for calling for transformation of the banking sector and voicing their political views against opposition parties.
BLF met with the four bankers, Siphesihle Jele, Simon Masimula, Sipho Coke and Xolani Nkosi, who lost their jobs as a result of the bank snooping on the work e-mails and WhatsApp communications where the four discuss their political views relating to regime change, transformation in the banking sector and the Democratic Alliance (DA) leader, Mmusi Maimane and his white wife, Natalie.
BLF says it will stage protests at the bank next week.
“BLF is mobilizing to stage a protest action at the head office of FNB next week Thursday and Friday (7 & 8 September). Thereafter, BLF will stage a 24/7 protest outside the offices of FNB until justice is done for the four victims of racism at FNB,” the movement said in a statement.
The bank would do well to heed the call of the movement as it is known to pull through on its promises. Last year, the movement staged a week long 24/7 protest outside the office of the then public protector, Thuli Madonsela, demanding she investigate R26 billion stolen from the Reserve Bank by whites.
Earlier this year the movement shut down Absa bank multiple times after it was found to have been implicated in the looting of money from the Reserve Bank during apartheid as well.
The movement pulled through on its promise to shut down Absa, unlike opposition party, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) which chickened out on shutting down the bank after it said it would in 2015.